CURRICULAR GUIDE

Graphic Design
Associate in Applied Arts Degree

Curriculum Code: 0219  (Effective Fall 2000 - Summer 2005)

A graphic designer is an artist who creatively and effectively designs
informational or promotional materials for publication and/or use in a variety
of mass media situations.  Artistic skills related to producing effective
visual information are essential for a graphic designer.  An understanding of
the principles of typography, color theory, computer graphic applications, and
pre-press techniques is necessary.  Graphic designers are employed by design
studios, advertising agencies, printing companies, publishers, newspapers,
sign companies, and businesses that generate their own publications.  Not all
courses in this program transfer to all colleges.  Students planning to
transfer should see an academic advisor or counselor before enrolling in any

Students should see the "Course Descriptions" section of this catalog or the
Course Schedule for course prerequisite information.  Basic skills assessment
and advising information may be found on page 8 of this catalog.

General education is an important part of this program and includes a
mathematics competency requirement.  To fulfill the mathematics competency
requirement, students may need to complete specific course work in
mathematics.  For information on how to fulfill all general education
requirements, see page 23.

Contact the Art, Design and Multimedia Program, Academic and Office Facility,
Room 314, telephone number (517) 483-1476.

REQUIREMENTS                                                 TOTAL: 59 CREDITS
CODE        TITLE                                                 CREDIT HOURS
ARTS 102    2-Dimensional Design                                             3
ARTS 131    Drawing I                                                        3
ARTS 132    Life Drawing                                                     3
ARTS 137    Perspective Drawing                                              2
ARTS 162    Typography                                                       3
ARTS 171    Computer Graphics/Photography                                    3
ARTS 175    Electronic Design                                                3
ARTS 195    Employ/Busn Issues for Artists                                   1
ARTS 228    Advanced Digital Imaging                                         3
ARTS 251    Graphic Design I                                                 4
ARTS 252    Graphic Design II                                                4
ARTS 253    Graphic Design III                                               4
ARTS 257    Computer Prepress Prod Tech                                      4
ARTS 269    The Portfolio                                                    2
ARTS 281    Art Internship                                                   3
ARWS 133    Introduction to Pagemaker                                        1
CABS 195    Microsoft Windows                                                2
HUMS 211    History of Art I                                                 4
HUMS 212    History of Art II                                                4
MKTG 140    Introduction to Advertising                                      3

LIMITED CHOICE REQUIREMENTS                                  TOTAL: 12 CREDITS
Complete the indicated number of credits from each CHOICE listed below.

CHOICE 1:   General Education Core Areas                             9 Credits
(See the "GENERAL EDUCATION" section above)
            Writing Core Area                                                3
            Speech Communication Core Area                                   3
            Science/Technology Core Area                                     3
            Global Perspectives and Diversity Core Area (See Note 1)         0
            Mathematics Competency (See page 23 for information on
            how to fulfill this requirement. Course work may be needed.)

CHOICE 2:   Illustration                                             3 Credits
ARTS 213    Illustration Fundamentals                                        3
ARTS 231    Comp Graphics/Advanced Illustr                                   3

            MINIMUM TOTAL                                                   71

1.    Students completing "REQUIREMENTS" have fulfilled the requirements for
      this Core area.

Students should see course descriptions to find out when departments plan to
offer courses.  Students who for any reason are unable to follow the course
sequence suggested below (for example, those who are part-time, have
transferred in courses from another school, or have prerequisites to fulfill)
should contact an academic advisor or counselor for help with adjustments.

I                 II                III               IV
ARTS 102          ARTS 132          ARTS 171          ARTS 228
ARTS 131          ARTS 137          ARTS 252          ARTS 253
ARTS 162          ARTS 175          ARWS 133          ARTS 257
HUMS 211          ARTS 251          CABS 195          ARTS 281
Lim.Ch.1          HUMS 212          MKTG 140          Lim.Ch.2

ARTS 195
ARTS 269